They were constructed by the city of Cambridge (by an agreement with the town of Arlington) in 1875, and were in use up to the time of the completion of the Metropolitan sewer in 1897.
The town on had to be taken to remedy the evil, or else abandon the pond as a water supply.
In the year 1875 the mayor of Boston petitioned the General Court for an act authorizing that city to construct a ned to protect the interest of the towns of Arlington and Medford.
Chapter 202, of the Acts of 1875.
Act to authorize the city of Boston to construct a sewer in the Mystic Valley
T of Medford immediately petitioned the General Court for the remedy that Section 12 of the Act of 1875 was intended to afford.
The petition was referred to the Committee on Water Supply and Drainage,roperties, into Mystic Lower Pond, through its sewer constructed under Chapter 202 of the Acts of 1875, or otherwise; and is hereby also directed to take up and remove so much of said sewer as extends
ng beside the river, shows a somewhat lesser curve with no island, and another street nearer the river.
This is set down as Beach street.
Facing this street, upon lots extending backward to the Mystic, seven dwelling-houses were erected prior to 1875. One was destroyed by fire, another torn down, and five removed to other sites, as under conditions then existing they proved undesirable habitations.
With the introduction of sewerage and the building of the Cradock dam the adverse condition ceaugh the Somerville appendix and only entering Medford at Auburn street. By the taking of this riverside by the Metropolitan Park Commission came later the sale of several houses, and their removal, but prior to that three others, built in 1873 and 1875, were removed for similar cause as those on Beach street. One even took a journey, in 1877, over the Usher bridge into Arlington, via Broadway to Curtis street (the Somerville continuation of Medford's Winthrop) where it now stands, near the west